With each passing generation, parents tend to worry about the kind of drugs their teens may try to experiment with, and what that can mean to their overall health and safety. Back in the 60’s, LSD and marijuana were all the rage; and during the 70’s nearly everyone seemed to experiment with cocaine. Along with each decade, the drugs usually change even though a few of the classics (pot) never decrease in popularity.
What Party Drugs Should Concerned Parents Know About?
Today, more potent drugs, including party drugs are available to kids. Although the various street names they go by are confusing to keep up with, it’s important to try and learn them so you can easily recognize them in texts, emails, and social media when people refer to them.
Today’s Most Popular Drugs
Here’s a list of some of the most popular drugs that parents should be aware of since it’s likely your teen will be offered one of them at some point.
“Molly” is a popular party drug. It’s a slang term used for the powder form of the very trendy club drug known as MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine). MDMA is often cut with several other drugs or substances, such as certain household chemicals and caffeine, and is usually snorted.
MDMA effects include:
• Confusion concerning space and time
• Euphoric feelings
MDMA is quite dangerous since it can generate strong feelings that teens want more and more of. This can ultimately lead to their death.
Adderall is a widely used prescription drug to effectively treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). But, several kids and teens take it since it helps improve their concentration and fuels late-night study sessions. Adderall’s effects are very similar to speed and is also more available since many kids likely know somebody that already takes it on a regular basis. The drug is known for increasing the risk of anxiety, heart rate, and mood disorders in people for whom it’s not intended .
3. Ecstasy or “X”
Ecstasy, otherwise known as “X”, is the pill form concentration of MDMA. Teens and young adults alike love to take this party drug before going to a party or rave, which refers to an all-night party or concert that typically involves extreme dancing and glowing lights. Taken in pill form orally, it has similar effects to those of MDMA, although hallucinations occur less often. Ecstasy is mostly liked for generating incredibly strong feelings of both euphoria and intimacy. It’s often called the “love drug” because it makes individuals feel more interested in physical intimacy. Ecstasy is sometimes mixed with household chemicals, crack, and heroin.
Ways Teens can Gracefully Just Say “No” to Drugs
Parents should coach their kids on ways to say “no” to drugs in general and party drugs in particular. When confronted by their peers to do drugs, it’s important that they feel empowered to make good decisions and not be bullied into doing something they don’t want to do.
When offered party drugs here are some great excuses teens can say to their peers:
• “I can’t; I have to help my brother with something.”
• “No. I have to meet my sister right now.”
• “Why are you putting that party drug garbage in your body?”
• “That junk is so bad for you. No thanks.”
There’s a helpline for parents who think their kids may be using party drugs. Expert help is available; call the hotline number at 800-890-3586 to get help today.